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Welcome to the TwinSpires Blog.

Our contributors will be continually updating posts to offer commentary, insight, advice, and expert opinions on horse racing and wagering. The goal is to help you win more and become a better all around horse player.

(The best of) Hanson's Hot Takes in 2016 Vance Hanson |

We're nearing the end of another year blogging at, and this quiet week on the racing front is a good time to bring back to readers' attention some of my better (IMHO) takes, historic and contemporary, during 2016. Before diving into Santa Anita's opening day card over the Christmas...

And the champion two-year-old filly is… Jennifer Caldwell |

Two-Year-Old Filly – Champagne Room, Noted and Quoted, Sweet Loretta, Union Strike, etc. OK, I held off as long as I could, hoping the last few juvenile filly graded races of 2016 would provide some clarity. They didn’t. Instead, the trend of upsets and one-hit wonders continued in the Starlet...

Chrome by 12, onto the Pegasus! |

Story and photo by Scott Shapiro In a race written to prepare the star five-year-old for his final career start next month in Florida, 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome easily disposed of an overmatched group of California based rivals in the inaugural Winter Challenge on Saturday. As...

Northlands Bomb At $40 Tops Win List; Hot Place-Priced Scores Partner With Favorites In Strong Exotics Frank Cotolo |

The mercury dipped to dangerous levels for all the participants in our personal features this weekend but the results were as mixed as ever. Our two feature winners turned out to attract the bulk of the bettors, much to our surprise and, as usual, we delivered in the exotics department, with...

How to Wager on the Horizontals involving the Winter Challenge |

by Scott Shapiro The Winter Challenge headlined by 2014 Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year California Chrome is the Saturday feature at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Challenge is the 9TH and final race on the card and is the final leg for a 50-cent Pick 4 that commences in Race 6, a late...

How to wager on the Winter Challenge |

by Scott Shapiro The second week of the Los Alamitos winter meeting is headlined by the $180,000 Winter Challenge. The race written for local hero and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome drew a field of 10 and is the 9TH and final race on this Saturday’s card in Cypress, California. The...

Tribute to Garrett Gomez |

By Dick Powell The news that Garrett Gomez was found dead on Wednesday at the age of 44 at a casino hotel south of Tucson, Arizona hit like a punch below the belt. Even when bad news is not surprising, it is still shocking when it arrives with the finality of it all. Gomez had his demons and...

Blistering Heats For Arctic-Atmosphere Features; Poised For Profits With Promised Prices Frank Cotolo |

Across North America’s northlands, weather forecasts call for a bitter-cold weekend and snowfalls. Our harness-racing forecasts call for more personal race features—hand-picked overnight events from raceways on the TwinSpires track menu. Of course, there is also the TwinSpires’ exclusive,...



Derek Simon TwinSpires' horse racing author, handicapper, and podcast host, Derek Simon of Denver, Colo. offers his insightful, humorous and sometimes controversial take on the horse racing industry. He even publishes the ROI on the picks he gives out.
Frank Cotolo TwinSpires' harness racing expert, Frank Cotolo follows all of the big North American circuits throughout the year, providing the best value picks and latest news from the sulky.
Ed DeRosa The Director of Marketing for Bloodstock Research Information Services (BRIS) and a lifelong Thoroughbred racing enthusiast and astute handicapper, Ed joined Churchill Downs Inc. following nine years as a writer and editor with Thoroughbred Times.
Peter Thomas Fornat A writer and editor who has been following horse racing for fifteen years. Peter has written books for the Daily Racing Form Press; Crown; and Simon and Schuster; among other publishers, and regular features in The Horseplayer Magazine.
Jill Byrne A television racing analyst for Churchill Downs, Jill has earned acclaim and a loyal audience throughout Thoroughbred racing.